OPP explosives unit called in to dispose of dynamite sticks

August 16, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Mike Pickford

Area residents may have been forgiven for thinking the Orangeville Police Service (OPS) had a run-in with the Wile E. Coyote after the local force disclosed  Monday evening that a quantity of dynamite had been turned in at the police station on C Line.

In a release to media, OPS officials confirmed it had received six sticks of dynamite, thought to be approximately 20 to 25 years old, from a resident at roughly 5:30 p.m. on Monday. The individual had also turned in two firearms for destruction.

Due to the age, potential instability and nature of the items involved in the drop off, the OPP Explosive Disposal Unit was called in to assist with the disposal. Members of the public were kept off the OPS property until the explosives were removed. Additionally, a portion of Richardson Road was closed west of C Line for a time on Monday.

The explosives were eventually rendered harmless at a nearby gravel pit and the police service returned to normal operations by nightfall.

“We proceeded out of an abundance of caution to ensure the safety of our residents and staff members,” said Orangeville Police Chief Wayne Kalinski. “Although the level of risk was minimal, we took every precaution necessary.”

Chief Kalinski was keen to remind residents that they should contact police before handling any type of explosives to avoid putting themselves or anyone else at risk.

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